William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
23 Jul 2022
4:00 am

Ramaphosa is adopting Stalingrad tactics used by his disgraced predecessor

William Saunderson-Meyer

If Ramaphosa is innocent, he has to provide, soon, a credible public explanation of what happened at his farm.

President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the launch of Letsema Campaign on 24 April 2022 in Bloemfontein. Picture: Gallo Images/Volksblad/Mlungisi Louw

The brave face with which the Ramaphosa administration initially met the Phala Phala farmgate allegations is beginning to show some worry lines. There’s less grin, more grimace. Waiting for Arthur Fraser – the former State Security Agency head who waited more than two years to lay charges of presidential criminality – to drop the other shoe as promised, is taking its toll. The stress is showing in missteps by Cyril Ramaphosa. ALSO READ: Phala Phala farmgate: Fannie Masemola’s clandestine use of police resources The first major stumble is that he has engineered or drifted into what is potentially an enormously damaging...